Posts Tagged ‘summer dining’

Retro Summer Classics: Seven-Layer Dip

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Summer dining often means eating outdoors, and many times a summer dinner consists entirely of noshing on an assortment of appetizers, tapas, dips, salads and crudités. Today we are looking at the Grandmother of summer appetizers, the classic Seven-Layer Dip. Continue »



Everything You Need To Know About Shrimp

 

Honey Garlic Korean Grilled Shrimp (link below)

 

We are in the full sun of summertime and the shrimp is hopping onto skewers or into the poaching pot. It’s the ideal summer bite! Easy to cook, served hot or cold, and goes with everything! You really can’t go wrong with shrimp. Or can you…
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Summer’s Fleeting Pleasures; Pan-Fried Squash Blossoms

 

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Zucchini and other squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta and deep-fried is a classic summer dish that we can’t seem to get enough of. The beautiful blossoms don’t last for long before they start to mature into the aforementioned vegetable, so grab a posy of them and a little soft cheese and let’s get stuffing while the blossoms are still in abundance. Continue »



Summertime Classics: Open-Faced Sandwiches

 

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Left to right: tomato with herb aoli, avocado and red onion with parsley and sunflower seeds, pickled beets with red bean dip and blue cheese

 

It is finally beautiful enough to dine al fresco, and for lunches and afternoon snacks, few things hit the spot like a delicious sandwich on your favourite bread. When preparing take-away lunches or picnics, the traditional closed sandwich packs better, but when dining at home -on the patio or in the backyard- open-faced sandwiches are where it’s at. Continue »



Grilled Broccoli

 

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No doubt about it, Canadians love their barbecues, and grilling in the summer is practically a national pastime. We grill corn and eggplant, we grill extra veggies and save them in the freezer and we even use the barbecue to steam vegetables that we otherwise think inappropriate for grilling. And I’ll be the first to admit that, until quite recently, one of those vegetables that I didn’t think was so great on the grill is the humble but beautiful broccoli. Sometimes I love being wrong. Continue »